Multi-vehicle crash leaves six dead and one seriouly injured in Birmingham UK

Six people have been killed and three others injured after a major multi-car crash in Birmingham. The crash which has been described as ‘very serious’ happened on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at around 1.10am Sunday morning.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said there had been a ‘number of fatalities’ in the crash which has closed the stretch of road from Islington Row to Bristol Street. The force earlier tweeted that the scene was ‘very difficult and upsetting’. They said first responders were ‘doing their very best’ and appealed for any witnesses to contact them. Horrifying pictures of the scene that have emerged on social media show a number of crumpled vehicles strewn along the main road.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: ‘This was an extremely complex and distressing crash scene that required excellent multi-agency teamwork. ‘The ambulance service has already debriefed all of the staff involved and will be providing on-going support as required due to the nature of the incident.’

Officers from West Midlands Police are looking into what caused the crash, the force said. Sergeant Alan Hands said: ‘We are currently dealing with a very serious collision and working with partner agencies to establish what caused this collision to happen. ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with the families of those who have very sadly lost their lives this morning and those who have been injured or caught up in this incident.’

West Midlands Fire Service said 40 firefighters helped in the aftermath of the “horrific” crash. Area Commander Jason Campbell said: ‘The first West Midlands Fire Service crews arrived in less than four minutes and were met with a complex scene, spread over some distance. ‘Our firefighters’ actions involved stabilising vehicles, releasing the dead and injured, as well as administering CPR and first aid. ‘All of the emergency services worked together and co-ordinated their response in extremely challenging circumstances, doing all they possibly could to minimise the loss of life.’

More pictures from the accident scene below.

 

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